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With the rise in cost of living and inflation, we’re all looking for ways to save a little here and there. Learning how to debone chicken breast is a great way to save a little money since boneless chicken breast is pricier.

It’s not a difficult process and in a few simple steps you will be able to debone chicken breast right in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Debone Chicken in Your Home Kitchen Easily

Raw chicken breasts fillet getting deboned on a round kitchen wooden cutting board.
In a few simple steps, you can debone chicken easily

Even if you aren’t too worried about saving money, learning how to debone chicken breast is a great culinary skill. It helps teach precision in cutting chicken and training a steady hand.

Lots of great recipes call for chicken breast. It’s a great source of protein among other things. Find out more about the benefits of chicken breast here.

So, a great tip is to set aside an hour or two in the month to bulk buy some chicken breast, debone them, cut them into useful sizes, and toss in the freezer for future use

3 Reasons Why Learning This Skill is Important

1. Saves a lot of money in the long run

2. Teaches patience, steady hand, and knife skills

3. Creates a more succulent cut of poultry that you can fillet and use in multiple ways

This Skill Helps in Creating Healthy Meal Prep

Boneless raw chicken is ready to be deboned on a wooden chopping board. Top view.
Deboning chicken thigh or chicken breast is an important culinary skill


If you’re chicken breast has been frozen already, you need to thaw it out before working on it.

Thaw it out by either removing it from freezer to refrigerator overnight, defrosting in microwave, or soaking it (while in package or container) in a bowl of warm water.

Prepare the cutting board you usually use for meat and poultry and ensure it is clean. Also, make sure you use a sharp good quality chef’s knife.

Steps on How to Debone Chicken Breast

1. To prepare for splitting, cut the into the thickest part of the chicken lengthwise. This is usually in the center and will help you find the breastbone easier.

2. If the skin is still on, remove it. You can do this by sliding your fingers into the cut you made and peel back the skin. If it doesn’t come off, you can cut it off with the knife.

3. Find the breastbone, which is in the middle of the breast. Sometimes, the ribs might still be attached but they will come off when you start cutting off the bone.

4. Take your knife and cut along one side of the breastbone in a scraping motion to separate the meat from the bone.

5. Do the same thing on the other side of the bone. Separate the meat in a scraping motion and you’ll end up with two breast halves.

6. You can now remove any unwanted extras like skin, fat, cartilage, or tendons.

Save for Later!

Raw uncooked deboned chicken breast with cooking ingredients on a wooden background
An easy skill that can save you a lot of money in the long run

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I debone chicken?

It makes for more succulent meat since without the bone it retains more moisture. It also allows you to fillet the chicken into thinner cuts for different uses.

How much waste is in a chicken breast?

About 10% of a chicken breast is bone, skin, and other parts. The rest is edible meat.

What can I do with the bones after deboning chicken breast?

You can boil them with aromatic and veggies to create a chicken broth.

What to do with Extras

You can always use the removed bones and such to make a chicken broth for later use. Boil them with bay leaves, cardamom, a cinnamon stick, some garlic, onions, carrots, celery, and other aromatics or veggies of your choosing. You can freeze the broth in cubes or an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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